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A Tip for Short-Term Mission Trips

by Bob Nunnally, IT Technician/App Coordinator

A tip for short-term mission trips: Don’t leave home without a mobile phone.

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Did you know today there are more people who own a mobile phone than a toothbrush? Mobile phone subscriptions are now close to 7 billion and rising. Mobile devices are changing people’s lives in every corner of the world and provide a great opportunity to share the Gospel with every person on the planet.

In the past, we were often discouraged from using our phones on short-term mission trips. The phones could become a distraction from the work we were trying to accomplish. Today, we should encourage all teams going on a short-term mission trip to consider bringing their phones as a tool to reach out to the people they will meet. With the prevalence of mobile phones, it is now possible in many parts of the world to give someone an audio Bible in their heart language. We can share the Jesus Film or other Gospel material from any one of multiple languages. Not only can we show them this material on our phones, we can also leave a copy with them to share it with others after we are gone. There is the potential of eventually reaching hundreds or even thousands. What a great way to accelerate and multiply God’s Word!

For ideas on how to use your phone on a short-term trip and links to resources that you can download before you go, visit 7 Ways to Prepare Your Short-Term Team to Use Mobile at Mobile Ministry Forum.

As you pack your bags for that next mission trip, don’t leave home without first downloading Gospel material to your mobile phone, so you can share it with your hosts and others you meet.

The Goal

Well, the USA did not win soccer’s World Cup. I was chatting with a colleague immediately after the game ended. He didn’t want to hear the outcome of the Belgium versus USA game because he was going to go home and watch a recording of the match.

Isn’t it interesting how knowing the score or outcome takes all the internal suspense (and in this case, excitement) out of a game?

The same could be said for the World Cup of life. There is so much drama during the actual game of life, with its challenges and illnesses, that are also peppered with joy and jubilation. However, reading the end of the Book (and taking a sneak peak at the score) indicates that the score is: Jesus 1 and Satan 0. He wins, and when Jesus wins, we win!

Bottom line, knowing the score should help all of us stress less and believe more. That’s the goal. GNPI exists, essentially, to help people understand that they can share in this victory with us.

I didn’t spoil the end of the match for my friend, but letting others know the final score in this game of life is a spoiler alert we should not hold back!

 

Pray for Chile

Chile’s population is nearly 17 million.

Chile claims to have Latin America’s fastest growing economy, despite the financial crisis of 2008.

Catholic influence is still strong in Chile, and 70 percent of people identify with the faith. Yet only 13 percent of Catholics regularly attend mass, and the society is moving further from traditions of the past. One out of seven women are mothers by the age of 14. During the political unrest under Pinochet, the churches in Chile earned a stigma by ignoring the people in their time of need. While many, especially the wealthy, are identifying with Pentecostals, the movement is full of disunity.

Please watch this video and pray for unity and discipleship for this nation. Pray that GNPI’s NOMaD team (grassroots media production team) can show Chileans how to live out their faith in practical ways.

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video used with permission from www.prayercast.com

 

 

New Challenges Bring New Opportunities!

by Sergei Golovin, Regional Director of GNPI-Ukraine

The news and events in our country remind us every day that we do not belong to this world. Our home is not here. The Savior prompted us: “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” (Matthew 24:6)

I have to confess that it is pretty hard to not be troubled when your life and family are impacted by those wars and rumors of wars directly. However, we always have our confidence, comfort, and assurance in Jesus. Reminded by him that the end is not yet, we are reaching forth unto those things which are before and pressing on toward the goal. We must work the works of him that sent us while it is day.

New challenges bring new opportunities, and the Lord provides the opportunities constantly. Our adjustments to a new ministry format are going on. Please pray with us for everything that the change to the two-campus approach involves – management, funds, networking, interaction, etc.

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The team in Crimea is focused, so far, on the ways modern technologies provide ministry. The team is expanding online outreach, producing and distributing resources, and offering media for free download (e-books, audio books, videos, etc.). We are developing a new content management system for our sites and making as many resources available online as possible. Two new audio books on the Biblical foundations of Christian faith were issued recently. We also continue to introduce worship heritage to Russian speaking countries not familiar with many classical Christian hymns. Here is our recent production – Take My Life.

Hard copies of many resources are very much in demand as well, especially children’s textbooks. Special restrictions are expected to be applied to the occupied territory. The lack of certainty is among the main challenges we face. Please keep this issue in your prayers.

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The possibilities for teaching trips are pretty limited in this current situation. However, the new office in the central part of the country provides new opportunities. After discussing the needs with some ministries and church leaders, we have decided to start a Joint School of Christian Apologetics and Creation Evangelism. The school could serve various colleges, seminaries, and churches in the city and beyond. It could also be a place where leading apologists of the former Soviet Union could share their wisdom, experience, and vision with young leaders according to the 2 Timothy 2:2 approach. While we do not have enough time and people to start everything from the beginning (it took 20 years to develop the ministry and the team in Crimea to the current level), we are going to share an infrastructure with some other partner ministries. We hope to have the first cohort for modular training by the end of the fall. Please pray with us for this exciting initiative.

Thank you for your prayers to help us see that new challenges bring new opportunities to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology.

Prayers & Praises

“He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.” — Isaiah 33:6 (NIV)

GNPI Praises and Prayer Requests for July 15, 2014

Greater Impact!
Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya shares an answered prayer. He says, “We did go to the Ogiek community several weeks ago, and we were received warmly with the Solar Kit. The Solar Kit empowers ministers who go to remote areas to have greater impact. One church leader told us that the Solar Kit had very important information. This leader said that by watching the film on the Solar Kit, the girls have learned how they can avoid being tricked into immoral habits and spoiling their futures.”

Privileged to See Lives Changing!
Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines says, “We have such an awesome God! Although I know of stories of video materials touching people, I am still amazed at how God uses this medium to get the message across. Hannah came to our church three years ago, and I actually saw the transformation in her! We showed All Things New in March, but she didn’t tell me her reaction until the following day. She had been considering forgiving her father. It was All Things New that gave her the necessary push. There were tears in her eyes as she recalled parts of the movie that touched her deeply. We are all privileged to see people’s lives changing in our midst.”

A Hospitality Ministry!
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine writes, “With all the events and our new location, our family has become extremely blessed by involvement with a hospitality ministry in a special way. We did have many visitors while we were in Crimea, but that was a joy of fellowship mostly. These days, many people from Crimea we know, both believers and nonbelievers, have left their homes and are going through our area to other places as refugees. Since we were in their shoes recently, it is with great joy that we share with them a room at the apartment we rent, meals, compassion, comfort, encouragement, support, and prayers. We are blessed so much through your care about us, and it is a great joy for us to share that blessing with others!”

“And the Winner Is!”
Two awards were given for GNPI-Uganda’s Proverbs series at the International Christian Visual Media (ICVM)! We appreciate this encouragement for the hard work of our staff in Mbale and give God the glory. 

New NOMaD Training!
NOMaD Coordinator Jason Miller is offering an 8-day training in Joplin, Missouri, on July 15-18 and 21-24. Please pray this training will equip local churches and individuals to produce good quality video for kingdom purposes and also benefit all those who watch the recording of these trainings in the future development of NOMaD teams overseas.

Media Helps Make Disciples

I sat in the room with Christian workers from North Africa who work in a tough, resistant environment, listening to a prolific disciple-maker share steps to successful church multiplication. He has helped plant churches in China and India that are now thriving. As I listened, he spoke powerfully to my heart and mind about the priority of Jesus’ command to “make disciples.” Yes, we’re called to share the salvation of Christ, but our work is also about the process of sanctification, creating followers of Christ who carry their cross daily.

We can see the fantastic work so many are doing in the name of Jesus. People are working for justice, drilling wells, taking in the oppressed and orphaned, and feeding the hungry. There is an overarching objective that ties them all together and gives them true power. These needs are met to share the love of Christ and draw others into a relationship with him that blossoms into a passion to draw others. When this cycle is effective, churches begin and they, eventually, lead to other churches!

This teacher went on to say, “It is hard to be a good follower and disciple-maker if you don’t listen to the Master!” In his experience, people make the huge decision to accept Christ by making a host of smaller decisions that build on one another. What truly excited me was when he mentioned the role media plays in helping people who are seeking Christ. Yes, he emphasized what we’ve known for decades; media is key in helping today’s spiritual seekers encounter the Living God.

God continues to confirm, through the people we partner with and reach, that media is more important than ever in the process of fulfilling the The Great Commission. We consider it an honor to be in the same room as people like this great teacher, and we are even more humbled that God would choose GNPI to play a significant role in preparing his bride, the church, for Christ Jesus.

The Part You’ve Played!

by Tom Nutt, Director of Operations

Mick O’Hanahan of Niños de México writes, “I wanted you to have a few pictures from the trip to Chilapa to deliver the Solar Kit to Jorge Martinez. He’s our pastor in the church there and is also helping with the work of the church plants. Many thanks to you for the part you’ve played in making this happen!”

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I get to assemble the Solar Kits and receive many words of appreciation from those who receive the kits. I responded to Mick, “Thank you so much for the pictures and report on where the kit will be used. We pray that it will be a blessing and help multiply the kingdom through the outreach that it can provide. It is such a privilege to be a part of a network of people working together to advance the kingdom.”

This Solar Kit was provided by our friends at Fairmount Christian Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia.

We would like to pass on these words of gratitude to those at Fairmount and to the many others who give generously to allow us to send Solar Kits around the world.

Many thanks to you for the part you’ve played in making this happen!

Pray for DR Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) was known as Zaire until 1997.

Nearly five million people have lost their lives to war, famine, and disease over the past 14 years, and the nation’s economy has been left in shambles.

DR Congo is 95 percent Christian, two percent traditional/ethnic beliefs, one percent Muslim.

The church is the one institution that has survived as a source of stability and hope amidst the devastation and is vital in the rebuilding of a nation scarred by emotional and physical wounds.

Please watch this video and pray for healing and hope for this nation. Pray that GNPI’s NOMaD team (grassroots media production team) can take a strong lead in pointing people to Jesus Christ.

video used with permission from www.prayercast.com

 

 

It Was Already Paid!

by Boyce Mouton, Minister, Author, GNPI ministry partner

Dr. Kim  has been a worker in SE Asia for twenty years. He has a small seminary, and his students are so poor that he must provide for all of their expenses. He has been using Bible-based teaching material produced by GNPI for some time, but his first visit to the studio in Joplin was on May 14, 2014. While in Joplin, he was given so much teaching material that we went to the Salvation Army to pick up a second-hand suitcase to carry it all.

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While at GNPI, Tom Nutt showed him a miniature projector that was ideal for his seminary. It is so versatile that it can be used with a wide variety of applications in developing countries. When I spoke to Tom about the cost, I was delighted to discover that it was already paid. Someone out there, who made a contribution to GNPI, had already picked up the tab. I don’t know who you are, but I felt compelled to say, “Thank you!” just the same. Dr. Kim will be leaving for Asia in three days, and your generosity will be bearing fruit for Christ before you read these words.

Prayers & Praises

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” — 1 John 5:14

 

GNPI Praises and Prayer Requests for July 8, 2014

Introducing Ignite Video Training!
Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Pray for the team as we develop new production material to address the needs of families. Another exciting project, which is almost finished, is the Ignite series. It will be translated into about five languages and will be a 3-DVD set. IgniteVideo Training is a series of videos with the purpose of making disciples for Christ. The video series came as a result of the need for a greater number of disciples of Christ, rather than just followers, in the regions of southern and SE Asia. The focus of the Ignite video program is to empower, educate, encourage, and mobilize Christians to spread the Word of God.”

Answered Prayers!
Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines writes, “Thanks for your prayers. Pastor Carlos, host of WWJD, is doing much better after his illness. We also had a safe mission trip with our church group. We were able to show All Things New in three communities. The movie gave us a springboard to share the message of salvation with these groups. Please continue to pray for the seeds planted in those hearts.”

God Is Moving!
Tom Silkwood, regional director of GNPI-Thailand shares, “God is moving! I met a man named Liahey at a meeting here in Chiang Mai, and he asked what we did. He lit up when I mentioned the Lisu BEC (Biblical Extension Courses) program. He knows of many Lisu in India and requested materials. I mailed Liahey a box of DVDs and gave him permission to duplicate them. Liahey responded, ‘Thank you so much for the 30 DVDs! The topical teachings will be really great ones to introduce to our church leaders here in India. I am very happy that you are working hard to make these resources available in our language.’ ”

Happy to Help!
One ministry partner writes, “The people here at the Fifth Street Church of Christ in Beverly, OH, are happy to help you in spreading the Gospel to the many nations who are hungry for the truth of the Word. May the Lord continue to bless you in spreading God’s Word to all nations.” Praise God for these opportunities to work together to fulfill The Great Commission.

The True Opportunity!
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine writes, “Our team from Crimea came for seminars at a big central Russian youth conference at Orel. The team also produced a training course on using media in ministry. Afterwards, Yelena, a participant, wrote, ‘The course was so practical and useful! Our assignment was directly related to the daily life of our ministry. Thank you so much!’ Veronika, another participant, said, ‘Before taking the course I thought media production with all the software and equipment was too complicated for me. Now as I know how to work with all the tools, I found the true opportunity to use my creativity for ministry!’ ”

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